It's once again time to light up the night, as the Village of Baytowne Wharf is set for the 4th Annual Holiday Lantern Parade.
"The Baytowne Lantern parade began because we really wanted to create a unique family holiday event that our Sandestin community, locals and guests could all be a part of," said Baytowne Events Manager Lanier Motes.
This community event, which is a true celebration of the holiday season, features one-of-a-kind commissioned paper lanterns in the shapes of iconic holiday symbols.
Whether it's a festive globe lantern or an elegant angel, individuals and groups are encouraged to make their own paper lanterns and join in on the fun.
"Every year, I am awestruck by the creativity put forth for this event," Motes told The Sun. "The Baytowne Floating Society and other homeowners create elaborately decorated golf carts covered in lights in the shapes of gingerbread houses, igloos, you name it, and interspersed throughout are these beautiful lanterns."
This free event takes place Dec. 14 and begins at 6 p.m. in the Village. Workshops will be featured at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., where expert lantern makers will be on hand to help create new memories. Children under 13 will need to be accompanied by an adult. There is limited availability for the workshops and registration is required.
At 5 p.m., the sounds of Christmas tubas will play as the parade-goers get ready to stroll around The Village. More than 50 community members, in partnership with Playground Music Center, performed holiday favorites last year.
"Those tubas create such a powerful sound," Motes said.
And be sure to check out Baytowne's 12 Nights of Lights event, which features a festive light show set to music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
"I think with all of our holiday events, the beauty is that there really isn't anything like it in the area," Motes said. "Outside of the events, there is a whole village to enjoy. For the Paper Lantern Parade you can make a night of dinner and live music on the lawn."